GHANA’S Joseph Agbeko made his come-back to the ring in 17 months a no-nonsense affair when he pounded Juanito Rubillar into submission last Saturday in the El Paso County Coliseum, EL Paso, Texas, USA.
Agbeko, the former three-time world bantamweight champion, had lost some recent tough decisions — and his title.
He thus needed this win to get back into the title picture and he got just that with a fourth-round technical knockout over veteran Juanito Rubillar (49-23-7) of the Phillipines in their super bantamweight fiesta.
Agbeko (now 30-6, 26 knockouts) cut Rubillar over the left eye in the second round and continued to use good angles, good combinations to finish off his opponent.
The fight was stopped at 1:31 in the fourth round as the cut continued to get worse.
“It took me a few rounds to get warmed up,” Agbeko said. “But this is my best comeback.”
Meanwhile, Michael Gbenga won 58-56 on one judge’s scorecard but lost 59-55, 58-56 on the other two scorecards to suffer the 20th loss of his 40-fight career
Philadelphian Farah Ennis, 22-2, 12 KOs, returned after nearly two years of inactivity and scored a hard-fought points win over Ghana’s Michael Gbenga, 20-20, 19 KOs, in a six-round super middleweight bout.
Gbenga landed plenty of shots on Ennis, but Farah landed harder and generally had the edge.
The decision was split, with two judges favoring Ennis by scores of 59-55 and 58-56.
It means Gbenga suffered a fourth straight defeat and the 10th of his last 11 fights and now has a career record of 20 wins, 20 defeats.
Fom Times Sports Desk